The Karnataka government clarified on Monday that the anti-cow slaughter bill will be brought in the current winter session of the state assembly, while the Bill against ‘Love Jihad’ will be brought in the next session.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said, “Anti-cow slaughter, we had earlier (previous tenure) tabled it, but it was not given assent.”
“I have asked the Law Minister to table it once again. it will be tabled by tomorrow or the day after and we will get it approved,” added BS Yeddyurappa.
Speaking to reporters at Sagara, Yeddyurappa said, “We will think about love jihad in the next session of the assembly. We will not present it in this session. The bill against cow slaughter will be brought in this session.”
Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashok also said that the bill against cow slaughter will be introduced in this session of the state assembly while the bill against ‘Love Jihad’ will be introduced in the next session.
R Ashok while talking to reporters said, “Cow is worshipped as a god by farmers. There is a special place for cows in Indian culture, so to stop its killing we are beginning this law in Karnataka.”
“No love jihad during this session, in the next session we will eradicate love jihad,” added R Ashok.
It is to be noted that a team of officials led by Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan recently visited Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, where the anti-cow slaughter law is enacted to strengthen the Bill and study the implementation of the law.
Chavan today said he and his team have gathered information on the implementation of anti-cow slaughter law in UP and Gujarat, and after discussion with CM and cabinet colleagues the bill will be introduced during this session.
The BJP in its manifesto ahead of the 2018 assembly election had promised prohibition of cow slaughter.
Earlier Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday that a law will be enacted against Love Jihad in the state and officials have been directed to gather information about the ordinance issued in Uttar Pradesh in this regard. It is noteworthy that Uttar Pradesh has recently issued an ordinance against forced or fake conversions. Which provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine up to Rs 50,000. The term Love Jihad is used by the right-wing activists for alleged incidents under which a Hindu girl is converted to Islam on the pretext of a love affair.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah has said that if the government tries to bring a law against “love jihad” and cow slaughter, the Congress will oppose it. He had said that inter-religious marriages have been happening in the country between Hindus and Muslims from the time of Mughals.
However, Siddaramaiah had to face backlash for his comment as Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai slammed former CM saying that Siddaramaiah is still living in the era of Mughals.